Liberalism has had a profound influence on the world for the past few hundred years. Classical Liberalism, rooted in the intellectual progress of the Age of Enlightenment, strongly influenced the liberal political philosophy of the Signers and Framers of the Declaration of Independence.
But today’s Social Liberalism isn’t our Founding Fathers’ Liberalism.
Barry Arrington writes:
“For a couple of centuries, we in the West have enjoyed a polity based on an attempt to infuse Christian doctrines into our political practice. While the result has been far from perfect, compared to the great mass of men over the long stretch of history, that effort has produced a civilization that has been, by far, the freest, most prosperous, and most democratic the world has ever known. Is that civilization sustainable when its Christian foundations are crumbling under a relentless onslaught of metaphysical materialism?”
Read more at Uncommon Descent.
So…Is modern Social Liberalism the greatest barrier to a functional civil society? Or is it the natural evolution of free thought? Are Classical Liberals still among us?
If you like to think about things like this, here are some books you might want to take a look at:
Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps
by Burgess Owens
Liberalism: The Life of an Idea
by Edmund Fawcett
Or look for them at your local library.